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Application Walk-Through
DAAD New York
Eligibility criteria
Undergraduate Scholarship
• 2nd and 3rd year students
• Enrolled full-time at a North American college or university
Study Scholarship
• Graduating seniors, graduate students, recent graduates
Research Grant
• PhD candidates, postdocs, individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany
• Enrolled full-time at a North American university (if not planning to do the whole
doctoral program in Germany)
• Only ABD candidates can apply for a duration less than 10 months
All applicants
• Scholarships for students in all academic fields
• Applicants may not be living in Germany for more than one year at the time of
application
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
The online application form
• Fill out the online application form
• Print it out and sign it
• The form is self-explanatory and there is a line-by-line instruction
online
• No picture necessary for North American applicants
• Disregard page 4 and 5 “Information regarding your application”
• For Undergraduates: duration of stay can differ from actual scholarship
period (4-10 months)
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Application Documents
Curriculum Vitae / Resume
• Chronological order (most recent first)
• No narrative text
• No more than two pages
Project Proposal
 Well defined project or research proposal
 Why is the stay in Germany essential for your studies?
• Professor at a German university is an expert in your
field of interest
• Research in your field of study is of high quality in Germany
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Letters of recommendation
 2 letters in English or French
 There is a recommendation form available online, but professors
are welcome to write their recommendations as usual on university
letterhead
 Must include original signature
 Referees may send them directly to the
New York office
 You do not have to copy the sealed
recommendation letters
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Letter of Acceptance - Undergraduates
We require one of the following:

Letter of Acceptance into a study abroad program
•
If you don’t have one yet, get a confirmation letter that you
applied for the program, either by the International Office or
a professor

Letter of Invitation, by the German university (the International
Office or a professor)

Letter of Invitation by the host of your internship (company or lab)

Mentoring letter of professor at home university who is supervising
your research project
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Invitation from German university
- Graduates  Applicants for Master's programs: As German university deadlines are later than our
deadline, you may not have yet been admitted to a German university; however, if
already enrolled in Germany and applying for the second year of the Master’s,
applicants must submit evidence of admission to a German university. Those
beginning their Master’s do not need to submit any evidence of contact with a
German institution
 Applicants for independent study: Your application will be greatly advantaged if you
can provide evidence of any existing contact, or attempt at establishing contact, with
academics at your chosen German host institution. It is not necessary to translate the
letters of invitation from German faculty.
 Get an invitation or a confirming letter by German host –
especially important for the Research grant
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Statement of Support & Credit Eligibility
Statement of Support & Credit Eligibility
 Only for undergraduate students!
 Please note “in principle eligible for credit”
 Form can be downloaded from the website:

www.daad.org/?p=47220
Transcript
 Official transcript of all post-secondary studies, including
• Explanation of the grading system
• Submit one original + 3 copies
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Language Certificate - (Sprachzeugnis)
 The form for the language certificate can be downloaded from our
website
 Has to be filled out by a member of the German or language
department of your university
 Even if you do not know any German, the blank form has to submitted
with “No knowledge of German” at the top
 How much German do I need? …depends…
• Previous knowledge of German not
• required, but should be
• commensurate with the project in Germany
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Submitting the application
 Original + 3 copies of everything in one package
 Please, keep a photocopy of your documents for your own records
 Do not staple or bind anything
 Make sure you meet the application deadline (postmark)
 Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted
 All applications must be sent to the NY office
 Confirmation after approx. 6 weeks
DAAD
: : North America : :
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
We hope to see you
soon in Germany!
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